Love Life – December

A beautifully written reflection on anarchism from Jamie Heckert over at the Bella Caledonia website:

“I’m less interested in anarchism as political doctrine and more inspired by anarchism as one possible name by which we might refer to the awareness the hierarchy, domination and obedience are not the truth of life.”

via Love Life – December.

Eberhard Arnold on Gustav Landauer

The German mystic-Christian and founder of the Bruderhof, Eberhard Arnold, reflects on the ideas of Gustav Landauer and their inspiration for his spiritual mission.

Text can be found here.

CIRA-Japana Calendars Available

CIRA-Japana — The Center for the International Research on Anarchism in Japan debuted its annual calendar recently.

Rekolektiv owes a great debt to the friendship and research assistance of CIRA-Japana and we love the talented designers that put together the calendar. Make sure to support them by ordering one this year.

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V. Muñoz ❧ “A Chronology of Gustav Landauer”

The text of Vladimir Muñoz’s manuscript detailing the literary and political life of German-Jewish anarchist Gustav Landauer. Transcribed by D.C.

Can be found here.

V. Garcia ❧ “Anarchism in Japan”

“Anarchism in Japan” by V. Garcia (AKA Victor Garcia, born in Spain as Tomás Germinal García Ibars, see obit.). This article was originally published in RED AND BLACK 3, (Sydney: Winter 1967).  I haven’t seen this online before, which might be because it’s a little limited (dated, inconsistent transliteration, hagiographic movement publication, etc.). Yet, it’s nice to uncover some more anarchist historiography. Transcribed by D.C.

The text can be found here.

Eugene Travaglio’s “Trials of a Noble Experiment”

Jay Fox (1870-1961) in the offices of the Agitator

The following was written in 1966. Eugene Travaglio, Italian-born American anarchist and friend of the Home Colony, drafted it from memory at the age of 90. (He would pass away in July of 1968.) I obtained the manuscript from the Tacoma Public Library. Transcribed by D.C.

The text can be found here.

Mike Davis’ “Ten Immodest Commandments”

Mike Davis, New Left Review editor and former Students for a Democratic Society activist, gave today’s activists a list of guidelines for our present revolutionary struggles. I’ve taken the liberty to select and reprint them here:

First, the categorical imperative is to organize or rather to facilitate other peoples’ self-organization. Catalyst is good, but organization is better.

Second, leadership must be temporary and subject to recall. The job of a good organizer, as it was often said in the civil rights movement, is to organize herself out of a job, not to become indispensable.

Third, protesters must subvert the media’s constant tendency toward metonymy — the designation of the whole by a part, the group by an individual. (Consider how bizarre it is, for instance, that we have “Martin Luther King Day” rather than “Civil Rights Movement Day.”) Spokespeople should regularly be rotated and when necessary, shot.

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Inaugural Post

Before I embarked on a career in Law I spent a good deal of my time writing dilettantish histories and fomenting minor rebellions.  This site is a collection of evidence to that fact.

I haven’t been writing much lately, so creating this website feels more like curating a museum than sharing my new ideas.

I don’t want it to be this way. Though there is something gained from seeing all my old writing evolve and change into my more recent writing (I think it shows that I’ve gotten worse at expressing myself), I worry that collecting my essays risks ossifying them. To remedy this I have two plans: 1) I reserve and will act on the right to edit anything on here at any point; and 2) I vow to write more. Not that my maintenance of the site will ever be regular (I try to have a life off-line), but I’ll do my bust to keep Rekolektiv out of the mothballs.

Until then, please take a look at my most recent essay, which is about state repression in Taishō Japan.

Love, DC

How to Strangle Anarchists

Tokyo: September 1st, 1923 — A cataclysmic earthquake rocks the foundation of Japanese political and social life. Tremors, shocks, and a cloud of fire that engulfs the city kill thousands; many more are butchered by reactionary mobs lashing out against resident foreigners, the working poor, and political dissidents. Weeks later as the bedlam subsides and the city slowly recovers its composure, the bodies of Ito Noe, Ōsugi Sakae, and their six-year old nephew, Tachibana Munekazu, are discovered, naked but wrapped in tatami mats, in an abandoned well. Government authorities launch an investigation into their deaths, quickly bringing a young lieutenant to trial. Though Ito, Ōsugi, and certainly Tachibana were innocent of any crime, they were arrested and murdered by a government gang without trial in the Great Kanto Earthquake’s chaotic aftermath. Implausibly, only two men were ever held responsible for the killings: the lieutenant, Amakasu Masahiko, and his subordinate, Kamoshida. Later known as the Amakasu Incident, the murder of these three can help to foreground an analysis of state repression more broadly.